A north-east hotel has reopened today following an extensive two year refurbishment.
The Fife Arms in Braemar has officially opened its doors to the public again having undergone a restoration project which has brought the former Victoria coaching Inn back to life.
Owned by Iwan and Manuela Wirth of internationally acclaimed art gallery Hauser & Wirth, The Fife Arms brings together Scottish heritage, craftsmanship and culture with world-class contemporary art and a strong sense of community.
Interior designer Russell Sage who designed The Zetter Townhouse, The Goring and The Savoy Grill was responsible for the interiors of the hotel. It features more than 12,000 historic objects, artwork and artefacts that have been collected over three years in order to tell some of the many stories associated with Braemar.
The 46 individually designed suites and bedrooms all pay homage to place, person or event with links to the area including individuals such as Robert Louis Stevenson who began to write his classic novel Treasure Island in the village.
As well as rooms, the hotel will also house several bars and restaurants including The Clunie Dining Room with a focus on wood-fire cooking, a traditional public bar which is now called The Flying Stag, an elegant Drawing Room that will serve afternoon tea and Elsa’s, a chic art-deco cocktail bar which was inspired by legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who previously visited the area.
In keeping with the Wirth’s dedication to contemporary art, The Fife Arms features prominent works specially commissioned for the hotel from internationally renowned artists such as Zhang Enli, Guillermo Kuitca, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher and Richard Jackson.
During the hotel’s renovation, a number of other artists were invited to take up residence in Braemar and to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of its surroundings. James Prosek has designed the hotel’s striking coat of arms which includes the Flying Stag, after which the public bar is named.
Chelsea Flower Show and RHS medalist Jinny Blom has remodeled the riverside garden, which overlooks the River Clunie and links the main hotel to the spa, which will offer treatments inspired by the Scottish landscape.
The hotel is led by General Manager, Federica Bertolini, who has been living in Braemar for over two years, having moved from her previous role as manager of the Hotel Tresanton in Cornwall and executive chef Robert Cameron will return to his native Scotland.
The adjoining spa will open in February 2019.